Yoga Anatomy Articles


Arm balance postures ask us to balance our weight on our hands or arms. They can challenge our ideas of what is possible.

The yoga anatomy articles are organized into categories such as, InjuriesPosturesYour QuestionsYogaAnatomyYoga Anatomy Research Project, and even Yoga Adjustments.


They are also broken down more specifically by muscles, bandhas, breathing, sit bone pain, shoulders, psoas, and knee pain.


OR, JUST SEARCH!


Featured image for “How To Do Bakasana B”

How To Do Bakasana B

David helps us understand the anatomy that is key to bakasana B. He then shares some technique for evolving this…
Featured image for “How Much Muscular Effort Is Used In Standing Yoga Postures?”

How Much Muscular Effort Is Used In Standing Yoga Postures?

David summarizes research which evaluates physical effort needed to do common standing yoga postures and how that effort compares to…
Featured image for “How Can Yoga Help My Sit Bone Pain From Cycling?”

How Can Yoga Help My Sit Bone Pain From Cycling?

David explains how yoga can help with sit bone pain from cycling as well as sit bone pain from other…
Featured image for “Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?”

Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

David explains why the style of the triangle pose and the tensional patterns expressed through the whole chain of joints…
Featured image for “Balancing Effort And Ease: Are You Working Too Hard In Yoga?”

Balancing Effort And Ease: Are You Working Too Hard In Yoga?

Balancing effort and ease is an important part of your yoga practice. Here are some tips to determine if you’re…
Featured image for “Yoga Reduces Tension Type Headache Symptoms”

Yoga Reduces Tension Type Headache Symptoms

David summarizes recent research which suggests yoga reduces tension headache symptoms, but does not improve migraine symptoms.…
Featured image for “Muscular Imbalance Created by Yoga Practice?”

Muscular Imbalance Created by Yoga Practice?

Does muscular action in yoga create an imbalance between pushing muscles and pulling muscles? Find out in this article!…
Featured image for “What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?”

What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

David explains why the key to lowering into chaturanga is doing two things at once: maintaining an active serratus anterior…
Featured image for “A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga”

A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga

This post is a comprehensive look at the shoulder in its entirety. We share a detailed breakdown of the shoulder…
Featured image for “Yoga Improves Cognitive Function And Mood”

Yoga Improves Cognitive Function And Mood

David summarizes recent research that suggests low intensity yoga practice can improve cognitive function and mood in sedentary young adults.…
Featured image for “Where Should Your Elbow Crease Point In Upward Dog?”

Where Should Your Elbow Crease Point In Upward Dog?

David explains why he doesn’t look for specific alignment in the elbow crease in upward dog. Instead, he looks for…
Featured image for “What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?”

What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

David explains why serratus anterior is often the key muscle that you need to strengthen in order to maintain a…
Featured image for “What Causes Low Back Pain?”

What Causes Low Back Pain?

David describes the many complex sources of low back pain and offers direction for working with low back pain in…
Featured image for “How Does Yoga Reduce Stress?”

How Does Yoga Reduce Stress?

David summarizes a review paper that shares several models for how embodiment through yoga postures could reduce perception of stress…
Featured image for “When To Heal The Body With Yoga And When To Get Outside Help”

When To Heal The Body With Yoga And When To Get Outside Help

When is healing with yoga not enough? If a body issue is not improving and you’ve come to the end…
Featured image for “How Do You Protect The Knees In Warrior One?”

How Do You Protect The Knees In Warrior One?

David shares how to modify the hip and foot placement to protect the knees in warrior one and he explains…
Featured image for “Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, And Yoga”

Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, And Yoga

David explains the difference between sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and other sources of sciatica-like pain. He explains when yoga can be…
Featured image for “Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?”

Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?

David summarizes recent research that indicates doing headstand does not increase the blood flow to the brain for otherwise healthy…
Featured image for “Practicing Yoga After Meniscus Surgery”

Practicing Yoga After Meniscus Surgery

David shares his own experience with a meniscus tear to help answer the question: how do you practice yoga after…
Featured image for “How Should You Move The Hips Or The Neck During Twisting Poses?”

How Should You Move The Hips Or The Neck During Twisting Poses?

David explains when you might not want to move the hips or neck with the spine when doing twisting poses…
Featured image for “Do Cooling Pranayama Techniques Actually Cool The Body?”

Do Cooling Pranayama Techniques Actually Cool The Body?

David summarizes recent research which evaluates the effects of two pranayama techniques. Researchers found the pranayama techniques did not cool…